Refuge Recovery Fargo-Moorhead

‘The Refuge Recovery Program is a systematic approach to training our minds to see clearly and respond wisely to life.’ – Noah Levine, Refuge Recovery: The Buddhist Path to Recovering From Addiction


Refuge Recovery Fargo-Moorhead is a peer-led community support group grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process. We believe in an approach to recovery that understands “All beings have the power and potential to free themselves from suffering.” We need not look outside of ourselves. We have the power within to heal. By observing, unlearning and retraining our minds, we begin to see clearly. We wake up to our conditioned limiting beliefs and begin to see they are the root cause of our cravings, our dissatisfaction and disconnection from our true nature. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created and compassion for their own pain. The mission of Refuge Recovery Fargo-Moorhead is to support those on this path of recovery by practicing, educating and providing Buddhist-inspired guidance and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. Our ongoing weekly meetings consisting of meditation, reading and discussion are open to anyone with any type of addiction. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.

Diverse and Welcome to All

As a peer-led recovery program using Buddhist psychology as the path to freedom from all addictions, Refuge Recovery Fargo-Moorhead is a community that embraces all people regardless of age, race, class, culture, nationality, ethnic origin, religious/spiritual background, gender, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, family structure, social identity, physical ability or appearance, mental health, legal standing, and educational or socioeconomic status. As such, we strive to speak to each other in a compassionate way using wise communication and avoiding hate-speech, intimidation, and violence of any kind. If you seek refuge in our community, we hope you feel welcome and safe. Come sit with us. All are welcome.

Come See for Yourself

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it ; Do not believe in traditions, because they have been handed down for many generations ; Do not believe in anything, because it is spoken and rumored by many ; Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books ; But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” -Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha)

Refuge Recovery Fargo - Three Jewels - Buddha Dharma Sangha
Buddhists take refuge in The Three Jewels or Three Refuges: Buddhists take refuge in Buddha, the fully enlightened one, Dharma, teachings expounded by The Buddha and Sangha, community that practices the Dharma. The Three Refuges are common to all major schools of Buddhism.